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1.0 out of 5 stars Why promote comfort eating?!?!, 24 Oct. 2008
This review is from: Comfort Food (Hardcover)
I feel very disappointed about the title of this book, which I saw on the shelves in a local book shop.

So what you may wonder is so wrong with this book you may ask?? Well the sentence 'comfort food is the culinary equivalent to a hug' in the intro absolutely horrified me and made me wonder how many publishers attribute to one of the most unhealthy habits that many people indulge in. As someone who loves food, but also realises the wrong ways in which many people use food - for comfort, to replace affection and to raise low self esteem - I find the myth of 'comfort' food and 'comfort' eating one of the most unpalatable terms in common use today, 'comfort eating' should be dropped from all of our vocabularies for good.

There is - as any counsellor who helps people address behaviours in order to promote healthy eating and positive eating behaviours - a really strong link between the idea that food can make you happy and can become a main habit in addictive eating. I find this book title and the promotion of 'comfort' eating extremely irresponsible, and old fashioned. Are we still living in a time when we actually believe that food will replace our emotional needs?? Comfort eating is generally about using food to avoid confronting something, or to fill some emotional void in a person's life that they cannot seem to cope with in a more constructive manner. It is also a habit that can turn into a very subconscious and destructive habit. So why promote it?? Why continue the myth that eating for comfort is good?? Mothers (and fathers) teach their children habits around food, and not only damage their own health with behaviours like 'comfort' eating but also teach children (often without realising it) to do exactly the same - you are just adding to this with these sort of books.

I suggest these publishers take the time to look into why Comfort Eating is negative and rethink their marketing strategy in using this term as a way to promote their products/ recipes as it is only adding to a culture around food that is extremely destructive and ignorant.

I hope this has touched on your thinking on 'comfort' eating and given you some real food for thought.
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